ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is hosting a free youth fishing derby for kids age 12 and under at its Blackhawk Park near De Soto, Wisconsin, Saturday, Aug. 6.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and local partners are also sponsoring this event.
Registration begins at 8 a.m., and all children need to be registered by 8:50 a.m. Educational programs will be held from 9 - 10:20 a.m. The derby begins at 10:30 a.m. Participants will be registered under one of three age groups: 5 years old and younger, 6 - 9 years old and 10 - 12 years old.
All fishing must be done from shore and within park boundaries. Participants need to bring their own sunscreen and a fishing pole. Local merchants will provide bait, a light lunch and prizes.
The fishing derby will be held rain or shine but will be delayed if there is lightening in the area. For more information, contact Blackhawk Park at (608) 648-3314.
The St. Paul District is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year as it traces its origins to 1866, when Congress authorized the Corps of Engineers to establish a 4-foot navigation channel on the Upper Mississippi River. Maj. Gouverneur K. Warren, a West Point graduate widely acclaimed for his leadership at Battle of Gettysburg, was tasked with establishing the district and conducting preliminary surveys of the main river and its tributaries. Warren arrived in St. Paul and opened the first district office in August 1866.
The nearly 600 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2015 $100 million budget, nearly 1,600 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $155 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.